The Whistler Writer in Residence (WWR) is an intensive workshop program for emerging or established writers seeking to raise the level of their writing craft, while working on a specific writing project.
Open to all residents of the Sea to Sky Corridor, participants receive feedback on their manuscripts from our WWR guest author during four one-on-one sessions, and at four group lectures focusing on various aspects of the writing craft, writing life or publishing industry.
The program is held at the Alta Lake Artists Cabin on the shores of picturesque Alta Lake, next to The Point Artist-Run Centre, and takes place during September and October.
Participants submit their manuscripts in advance in August, (up to 20 double spaced pages), in the genres of fiction or non-fiction—although other genres will be considered depending on the background of the guest author. There is some flexibility with the critique of submissions, and writers can choose to submit one piece and re-write it over the period of the residency based on feedback from the WWR guest author, or receive feedback on multiple submissions.
The cost of the program is $350.
Two WWR Scholarships are available for Sea to Sky Residents as part of our equity initiative program. Writers who are Indigenous, Black, racialized, LGBTQI2S, or living with a disability diverse background are invited to apply here.
Previous Whistler Writer in Residence guest authors have included: Paulette Bourgeois, Candas Jane Dorsey, Wayne Grady & Merilyn Simonds, Brian Brett, Sarah Selecky, Ania Szado, Fred Stenson, Michael Winter, Susan Juby, Caroline Adderson and Claudia Casper.
Applicants are enrolled on a first-come, first-serve basis, and should express their interest in an email to Stella Harvey at Writers@WhistlerWritersFest.com
We are grateful for the funding assistance of the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s Community Enrichment Program.
“I enjoyed the group aspect of the craft sessions and being engaged in the “writer community”. Caroline has a great, “see the essence”, way of assessing writing and providing feedback – she has helped move my manuscript along in a significant way.”
“I like the content of the workshops, the input and comments of the instructor, having deadlines to submit work, opportunity to hear a professional advice on my work. The Writer in Residence, Susan Juby was a wealth of information and support and a wonderful person to converse with.”
“The access to and direct feedback from an experienced, published author was invaluable. Claudia offered immense insight into craft writing, publishing and general information about the industry as a whole; information that is hard to come by unless you’re lucky enough to know someone who is a published author many times over. Her comments, suggestions and advice on my own personal work was over the top. I now have immense clarity for my structure/tone/voice/etc, compared to the first session weeks ago. That is huge. I did not expect Claudia to be such an incredible advocate for my book.”